Built in 1895 by the EJ&E railroad which was bought out by the CN in 2008.
The EJ&E bridge has the distinction of being the most accident-prone bridge in the United States. It was struck by navigation traffic 170 times between 1992 and 2001. The problem is that the lift span is very narrow, allowing for 120 feet of clearance. The damn just upstream creates a fast current. A tow that is 3 barges wide just barely fits through the bridge.
This bridge is currently being replaced (11/07/11) with a wider span for safer navigation. A very accommodating construction site gate guard let us sneak in and get few pics. Will update with better pics once the site clears.
Warren through truss bridge with center lift span over Illinois River on EJ&E RR